Aeraie
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Dusty skies faded to black as night settled upon the world of Gielinor. Winter's firm grasp had taken a hold of Gielinor for far too long now; Spring was overdue. Life everywhere seemed to be brought to a still, uneasy silence. But sometime, somewhere, that silence must be broken.

A lone field brimmed with snow past even its highest treetops was particularly quiet. The wind weaved through the barren wasteland like a sigh. Somewhere deep, deep inside that field two electrifyingly golden eyes shot open. The pupils of these eyes was the purest of whites. Suddenly, the creature stirred. A flap. The snow upon the creature steamed and melted away revealing a magnificent phoenix, rising from the snowy ash. Its fiery orange yellow beak took in the cool breeze now streaming through the treetops. The phoenix's feathers were perfectly straight and were the most vivid orange with slight bits of yellow, pink, red, and blue that shimmered in the light. The tips of these burning bright feathers ended in white flames. The phoenix flapped once more, taking flight as a caw unleashed itself from the beak of the phoenix upon the world.

The phoenix has risen and a new era has begun.

Aeraie

Hey everyone! Most of the stories you will see on here will be prolouges or openings because I usually roleplay instead of writing. The two actual book ideas I'm currently working on are 40,000 A.D. and Propane Nightmares.

For those of you wondering, my name is pronounced Air-a(Long A).

I've been writing for quite some time now and do it out of enjoyment.

Some upcoming stories you may see from me are:

Devil's Theory

Within Temptation

Yes! We Have No Bananas

A man walks into a local dairy after a hard day’s work. His plan is to treat himself to his favorite dessert, one he hasn’t tasted in quite a while: a banana split. He orders a banana split as his mouth starts to water. The man finally receives his order and eagerly looks into the dish, only to find that the so-called banana is the size of his thumb. Upset and angry, he walks up to the server and asks why she gave him this pitiful thing instead of a real banana. She simply tells him that, because people like him didn’t act, bananas as they were known went extinct and that this small, tasteless banana really is the only banana we have left. As crazy as it seems, this scenario is entirely possible if people do not act upon the issue of the extinction of the world’s most renowned species of banana: the Cavendish. A deadly disease, the Panama disease, is sweeping banana plants in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and will soon spread to the North, Central, and South Americas. At the rate that the disease is spreading, the Cavendish will be extinct by 2030. The only way to stop this deadly disease is to act- now.

A huge problem with the cultivation of bananas is how bananas are grown. Bananas are grown commercially by growing all the same species of banana, or any plant, for that matter, row after row with no diversity. This means when one banana plant is hit with a deadly disease, they all die- as opposed to less than half of the plants dying if there was simply any other species of any plant grown every other row. To add to the banana’s misfortune, the commercially grown seedling Cavendish plants are actually not seedlings at all as they are a branch of a pre-existing Cavendish plant inserted into the ground as a seed would naturally. This means that every Cavendish plant grown and produced in this manner is a genetic copy of the other bananas, making all bananas exactly the same- including the gene susceptible to deadly diseases with no cures such as the Panama disease. The only way to solve this problem is to allow the Cavendish and other species of banana to naturally reproduce. Yes, the bananas won’t all be the exact same shape, size, and shade of yellow, but it is worth it if it means bananas will still be the world’s favorite tasty treat for that much longer.

Here’s a scientist secret: bananas are genetically modified to be perfect. Naturally, bananas do not have a lot going for them in the diversity department; they are very similar to each other without human intervention. On top of that, commercially grown bananas are reproduced by cutting a piece off of an existing banana plant, making all the plants and the bananas the same. This, however, isn’t enough for scientists. Scientists genetically modify bananas not only to be more similar to each other, but also remain fresh for longer. Since genetic modification is already happening to the banana plant, scientists can modify the Cavendish to be resistant to Panama disease and other types of diseases affecting the banana. In fact, this has already been done- in 1986, a banana that could be used for many different purposes, including eating and cooking, was developed- the Goldfinger. Sadly, the Goldfinger was rejected by Europe and the Americas because of its genetically modified origins. It is time for the world to accept that one of the only ways to save the banana is genetic modification.

Say worse comes to worse and the Cavendish cannot be saved. There’s only one solution left: find another banana plant that works as a suitable replacement for the Cavendish. As crazy as it sounds, this has happened before. In the 1960s, the Cavendish’s predecessor, the Gros Michel, was effectively wiped out by a different strain of the Panama disease. The Gros Michel was, by all means, superior to the Cavendish; it was bigger and tastier. The Gros Michel mass produced in the very same ways that the Cavendish is today, and eventually went to the verge of extinction because of low awareness to the issue at hand and little-to-no action raised on the issue. The Gros Michel became too expensive to produce with so few plants unaffected by the Panama disease, and so The Cavendish replaced the Gros Michel. With a precedent to look back upon, finding and putting a new banana on the market when the time comes will not be as difficult as it was before.

There are over 300 species of bananas in the world. The Cavendish is only one of them, so who cares if the Cavendish dies out? The answer: over a billion people. The average person consumes 26.2 pounds of bananas annually, making the banana the world’s favorite fruit by over 10 pounds. In addition to this, over 100 billion bananas are consumed worldwide on a yearly basis. Most of the 300 species of bananas are too small, too mild, too potato-like, too large, and too different to what people are used to. Think of the Cavendish as a polar bear. Polar bears, like Cavendishes, are close to extinction. Once polar bears go extinct, there’s no marching down to a little girl whose favorite animal is the polar bear and explaining to her that they’re gone forever and that she’ll just have to pick a new favorite animal. The Cavendish is the fruit world’s polar bear. Once it is gone, it is gone. Suitable Cavendish replacements are easily disregarded by the general population- the easiest answer is simply to save the Cavendish all together.

Bananas such as the Cavendish are extremely nutritious, with high levels of potassium and many essential vitamins and minerals packed into a tasty and cheap fruit. However, the Cavendish, the most favored variety of banana, is on the verge of extinction. Bananas have less than twenty years left on the course they are going now. As one banana farmer in Central America puts his worst case scenerio,

"What happens is that Pan-ama disease comes before we have a good replacement. What happens then is that people change. To apples." (Dan Koeppel, 5)

40,000 ADProlouge reviews
In a post apocalyptic Earth humans have begun to evolve. They are becoming able to control the sub elements,such as storm. This is the story of two women who finally find people like them.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 549 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 5/17/2010